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Standing Committee

The Standing Committee was established by Resolution 1.1 of the Conference of the Parties (COP). It is responsible for carrying out interim activities on behalf of the COP to

  • ensure that decisions are implemented,
  • monitor the budget,
  • make recommendations for consideration by the next COP,
  • provide advice and guidance to the Secretariat,
  • represent the  COP in negotiations with the Host Government and UNEP with regard to the Secretariat,
  • act as a bureau at the COP,
  • and to undertake any other ad hoc task assigned to it by the COP.

The Standing Committee usually meets immediately before and after the COP. Intersessionally it usually meets once a year. The Committee consists of representatives of every global region, of the Depositary, of the country that hosted the previous COP and where applicable, of the country which plans to host the next meeting of the COP. The two regions with the largest membership (Europe and Africa) have three representatives each, Central & South America & the Caribbean and Asia both have two and Oceania one. There are no Parties from North America.

Terms of Reference for the Regional Representatives, adopted by the 37th Meeting of the Standing Committee

The current membership of the Standing Committee is as follows:

Members of the CMS Standing Committee 2011-2014

REGION MEMBERS ALTERNATE MEMBERS
Africa Ghana (Chair) Congo (Brazzaville)
  Tunisia Mali
  Uganda South Africa
Asia India Mongolia
  Pakistan Syrian Arab Republic

South & Central America & Caribbean

Chile Argentina
  Cuba Costa Rica
Europe Norway (Vice-Chair) France
  Poland Georgia
  Ukraine Switzerland
North America (no Parties) vacant vacant
Oceania New Zealand Australia
 
Depositary Germany
Host of COP10 Norway (also representative for Europe)
Host of COP11 Ecuador

CMS Standing Committee Members since 1985 (Table in PDF Format)

 

Reports and documents of all meetings are available below.

 

Title Start date Status Country CMS Instrument
43rd Standing Committee Meeting Sunday, November 09, 2014 Confirmed Ecuador CMS
42nd Standing Committee Meeting Sunday, November 02, 2014 Confirmed Ecuador CMS
41st Standing Committee Meeting Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Concluded Germany CMS
40th Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, November 08, 2012 Concluded Germany CMS
39th Standing Committee Meeting Monday, November 21, 2011 Concluded Norway CMS
38th Standing Committee Meeting Saturday, November 19, 2011 Concluded Norway CMS
37th Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 23, 2010 Concluded Germany CMS
36th Standing Committee Meeting Wednesday, December 02, 2009 Concluded Germany CMS
Extraordinary Meeting of the Standing Committee Monday, June 08, 2009 Concluded Switzerland CMS
35th Standing Committee Meeting Monday, June 08, 2009 Concluded Italy CMS
34th Standing Committee Meeting Friday, December 05, 2008 Concluded Italy CMS
33rd Standing Committee Meeting Sunday, November 30, 2008 Concluded Germany CMS
32nd Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, November 08, 2007 Concluded Germany CMS
31st Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, September 28, 2006 Concluded Germany CMS
30th Standing Committee Meeting Friday, November 25, 2005 Concluded Kenya CMS
29th Standing Committee Meeting Sunday, November 20, 2005 Concluded Kenya CMS
28th Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, April 21, 2005 Concluded Germany CMS
27th Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Concluded Germany CMS
26th Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, July 17, 2003 Concluded Germany CMS
25th Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 24, 2002 Concluded Germany CMS
24th Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, September 17, 2002 Concluded Germany CMS
23rd Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, December 13, 2001 Concluded Germany CMS
22nd Standing Committee Meeting Thursday, September 21, 2000 Concluded Germany CMS
21st Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 16, 1999 Concluded South Africa CMS
20th Standing Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 09, 1999 Concluded South Africa CMS